DHHS COVID-19 News Release for 26 September 2020

Here are the key points from the release dated 26 September 2020. Also included is the full release from DHHS

DHHS COVID-19 News Release for 26 September 2020

Posted by: Charles Pakana
Posted: 26 September 2020

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Victoria has recorded 12 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 20,129.

The overall total has increased by 11 due to one case being reclassified.

Within Victoria, five of the new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and seven are under investigation.

Of today’s five cases linked to outbreaks, three are linked to aged care (Baptcare Wyndham Lodge and Edenvale Manor Aged Care) and two are linked to a complex case.

Of today’s 12 new cases, there are three cases each in Brimbank and Wyndham, two cases in Greater Dandenong and single cases in Banyule, Monash and Mitchell.  One further case is still under investigation.

There has been one new death from COVID-19 reported since yesterday – a woman aged in her 80s.

Today’s new death is linked to a known aged care facility outbreak. To date, 782 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.

The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days for metropolitan Melbourne is 23.6 and regional Victoria is 0.8. The rolling daily average case number is calculated by averaging out the number of new cases over the past 14 days. 

The total number of cases from an unknown source in the last 14 days is 31 for metropolitan Melbourne and zero for regional Victoria. The 14-day period for the source of acquisition data ends 48 hours earlier than the 14-day period used to calculate the new case average due to the time required to fully investigate a case and assign its mode of acquisition.

In Victoria at the current time:

  • 4270 cases may indicate community transmission – an increase of two since yesterday
  • 444 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 53 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including nine in intensive care
  • 18,842 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,651,309 test results have been received which is an increase of 16,027 since yesterday.

Of the 444 current active cases in Victoria:

  • 432 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the First Step of our roadmap
  • 10 are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap
  • 1 is an interstate resident
  • 1 is either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • Colac Otway has two active cases, Greater Geelong has one active case and Greater Bendigo and Ballarat have no active cases.

Of the total cases:

  • 18,738 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1192 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9604 men and 10,512 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3521, active cases: 72
  • There are 231 active cases relating to aged care facilities

Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:

  • 259 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 220 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 140 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 132 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 127 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 122 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 121 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
  • 108 cases have been linked to Glendale Aged Care Facility in Werribee
  • 108 cases have been linked to Kalyna Aged Care Facility in Delahey

In Victoria there are currently four active cases in residential disability accommodation:

  • Total resident cases: 0; Total Staff cases: 4
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 3 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 1 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0

Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include

  • 13 active cases are currently linked to the Casey community outbreak (total cases: 44)
  • 14 active cases are currently linked to Footscray Hospital (total cases: 20)
  • 9 active cases are currently linked to Alfred Hospital (total cases: 11)
  • 5 active cases are currently linked to the Springvale shared accommodation outbreak (total cases: 5)

As public health work is undertaken throughout the day, outbreak totals are likely to change as the public health team identify links between cases and identified outbreaks. Organisation based outbreak totals include contacts as well as employees/residents/staff/students of that location/business.


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